Posts in Fraud, Scams & Safety Tips

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The Ultimate Guide to Spotting a Scam Online.

Is that offer a great deal, or a rip off? Sometimes, it can be hard to tell. Unfortunately, fraud is everywhere online. At Kijiji, we do our best to get rid of any fraud as quickly as possible; being a savvy shopper is the best way to protect yourself from being taken in. Not every site makes removing scams a priority, and not every site itself is legitimate. How can you identify a scam (on any site) before getting involved in the transaction? Know the value of the item. If there is a huge discount compared to other comparable items, does it specify why? Obviously a used item will be cheaper than a new item, and a damaged item will… read more


How to Purchase a Used Baby Car Seat

Consider safety first when buying a used baby car seat Having a new baby can be expensive, even before the baby is born. You spend so much on clothing, diapers, toys, and other gear as you prepare for your little one’s arrival. Luckily, you can buy many of these items used from garage sales, thrift stores, friends with older children, and on websites like Kijiji. This is a smart way to save money. However, with some items, like car seats, there are things to keep in mind to ensure the gear is safe. Crash History When possible, ask about the history of the car seat. If it has ever been in a car crash or damaged in any way, it… read more

Recognizing Fraud

How to Recognize Fraud: Fake Buyers

It pays to be savvy about spotting fraud. From fake websites to fake buyers, there are plenty of opportunities to get hosed if you don’t have your wits about you. How can you tell when someone is trying to steal your money or personal information when all you are trying to do is sell some furniture (or sell your car, or house, etc.). The first step is very nondescript reply from a sketchy email address, or a text message if you provided a phone number with your ad. The email likely has a few numbers in it, and is at a less commonly used domain, or a domain you have never heard of. The initial reply is probably something like… read more

Can you spot a scam? 5 Tell-tale Signs

1. Refusing to meet in person Kijiji is set up for people to meet with locals to exchange goods and services. If someone does not want to meet in person, classified ads are not the right avenue to pursue buying and selling. If someone claims to be abroad, on an oil rig, a foreign missionary, a greenpeace worker in the arctic, etc., there is a very high likelihood it is a scam (not to say that those who actually hold these positions are scammers, but fruadsters regularly claim to have these professions because they provide a credible excuse not to meet up, or carry with them associations of good moral character, or both). The longer someone’s explanation for not being… read more

Ride Share Safety Tips

Car Pool and Ride Share Safety Tips

Setting up a ride share or a car pool is a great way to save money, and go a little easier on the environment. The cost of splitting gas between 3 or 4 people is nearly always cheaper than taking a bus, train, plane, or a car alone, and a whole lot more sociable. We’ve heard from Kijiji users who have made great friends and had great adventures through ride shares. Going for a drive with strangers has different risks than buying or selling items. As always, go into a transaction looking out for your own safety, and don’t do anything that seems unsafe. Here are some tips to having a safe and pleasant ride share experience. If you can,… read more